Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back In The Game

I made a trip tonight to Rascal's Casino just south of Seattle. I'd never been there before but gave it a shot since the new poker room manager used to run Treasure Casino in Renton. He's a goofy fellow, but he runs a tight tournament, and he offers the best low-buyin structure aroundL $5k chips instead of the normal $3k other places offer, and a better blind structure that allows for a little more post flop play.

I got there pretty early, about 45 minutes to spare, to avoid being an alternate. I wasn't sure how popular this place was, but I remember the first time I tried Treasure Casino with Cayne & Joshua, and I was something like the 14th alternate even with a half\hour before the first hand. This time I was definitely early enough, which was a good thing: the casino only has 3 tables for poker. The good news is that they end any cash games to insure that the tournament can reach capacity.

A side note about the casino; although it's in a somewhat sketchy location, the casino is pretty top notch. Brightly lit, friendly staff, decent food...and of course, PAI GOW! I didn't partake in any PAI GOW, because what fun is that all by yourself? Anyways, between the tournament structure and the quality of the casino, I definitely recommend this to any Seattle area players looking for a decent place for tournament play. MHG? Zeem, perhaps? Maybe one of these days I'll even manage to meet The Doc.

So a quick roundup of the tournament. I really only played 4 hands:

1. A9 on the button. Raised after MP limped, bet A-high flop, win pot.
2. 77 in MP. Raise after UTG limps (same guy as last time). Folds and he reraises about 4x. Later he claims to be bluffing when I ask if he had Aces there. It was a rhetorical question.
(Note: He later confirms his donkeyness when he calls in MP after 5x UTG raise, then still calls after BB shove & UTG call..for his entire stack. His hand? QT sooted. Up against TT and JJ, he finds a Q on the flop to triple up. Wheeeeeee.)
3. AQ sooted. Shove in BB after UTG raise; he was a pretty passive player and I figured there was a good chance I was either ahead or racing.
4. KK. Raise UTG, UTG+2 puts me allin. I know he probably has AA but AK or QQ are slight possibilities. Folding essentially leaves me with M of just over 6, but soon to be just over 3 as blinds are going up around the time I hit the button. I call and he shows the AA. IGHN.

Overall, the tournament is very weak: lots of preflop limping or min-raising, a couple of draw chasers, mostly tight postflop with fairly predictable players. On Thursdays, they have a double-stack tournament with even more intermediate blinds; I'm really looking forward to that.


So the meaning behind the post is two-fold. Not only was I back in another live game, but I'm back online as well. Even I knew it wouldn't last long, despite my last post.

After that last post, I had a measly bankroll of $7. I tried my hand at some $2 SNGs and busted out of each one, leaving me with $1 and some change, but not even enough for a $1 SNG. I had no intent of reloading, even for $50, so I figured I'd try to cash out my FTP points and pick up some shwag from the FTP store. Only problem is that I didn't have enough points for anything but random shit items. Instead, I found that FTP runs token SNGs for 1800 points, with the top 3 getting a $26 token.

7 tries, 4 tokens. I take a shot at a 90-seat KO and take 6th for $108. I take another shot, this time at a 5-table SNG, and finish 2nd for $270. Throw in a couple random SNG scores, and I end up trading in about 13,000 FTP points for a nice little bankroll of just under $500.

So yeah, I'm back.


At September 17, 2008 at 9:06 AM, Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Great comeback!!

At September 17, 2008 at 9:18 AM, Blogger RaisingCayne said...

Right on dog! Glad to hear of your return to the online game, and congrats on the recent success. (Maybe I should re-think my plans to trade all my FTP points for random swag. ... But that flex fit hat looks so cool.)

Thrilled to hear you liked the experience at Rascals! (Thanks for playing guinea pig, sorry I couldn't join you last night!) I'll definitely make a point to get up there very soon. (Maybe even for tomorrow's "deep stack" tourney you reference.)

Oh, and running KK into AA is nothing to lose sleep over man. Just hopin' you're not kicking yourself for your tourney exit! We'll talk soon...

At September 17, 2008 at 9:09 PM, Blogger Zeem said...

Yo, Matt! Good to have you back. Drop me a line at zeemjr@yahoo.com and we can go forth and be merry. Thursday night comedy might be a good time to meet the Doc and the Wife.

At September 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM, Blogger Alan aka RecessRampage said...

You left? LOL

Don't deny the force.


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